Caterpillar sausage buns.

I've been wanting to make these caterpillar looking buns for the longest of time.
ever since i saw them at a local asian bakery.
reminding me of my childhood.
where i would buy one from the school canteen for recess, or my mom would get some for me to bring to school as a snack.

now i can make them =)

i added a japanese twist to them by adding japanese bbq sauce, mayo and bonito flakes.

Caterpillar sausage buns
adapted from Novice-baker

makes 8

1 egg
5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
100ml warm water
200ml warm milk
1.5 cups all purpose flour
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 pack rapid rise yeast

Egg wash:
1 egg yolk
3 tbs water

8 sausages (i used canned ones)
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded.
chilli powder
1/2 cup bonito flakes
Japanese Bbq sauce (Tonkasu sauce)

1. Add ingredients for dough into bread machine in order, and set to the dough setting.
2. When cycle is complete, place dough on oiled counter and knead a little.
3. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and roll into balls.
4. Leave for 10 mins.
5. After 10 minutes, use a rolling pin to roll dough into a flat rectangle and place a sausage in the centre.
6. Wrap the sausage with the dough and pinch the edges.
7. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the wrapped sausage into 7-8 pieces. Do not cut all the way through, leave 1/3 of the sealed edges uncut. (it will look like a comb)
8. Take each section and twist them alternatively to each side. (first cut portion to the left, second portion to the right)
9. Place each bun on a baking tray lined with baking paper and cover with damp cloth. Allow to prove for 45 minutes.
10. Mix the egg yolk together with the water and brush on each bun.
11. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on each bun and drizzle over Bbq sauce. Sprinkle over parsley, pepper and chilli powder.
12. Bake in a 190 degrees preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
13. Once removed from oven, pipe a line of mayo across each bun. Sprinkle bonito flakes on mayo strip.

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